Many United fans are not happy with their team's summer dealings. They appeared to be linked for numerous players but a severe lack of actual signings has worried many a devoted supporter, with some already believing that the title race is already lost. Fellaini is a good player, although he may not be the right player for United. But who should they have got instead?
This is one player who was strongly linked with a move to Manchester. He is a typically creative Spanish midfielder with an eye for goal. Fabregas could improve almost any team that he walks into, but United in particular. They are definitely lacking a player who's main role is a creative player. While Rooney has been playing that role recently, he is a natural born striker who wants to score goals and doesn't appear to enjoy playing second fiddle to Van Persie. Fabregas, although he said he didn't want to leave Barcelona, is definitely a player that Moyes should have tried harder to bag.
The second attacking midfielder on this list. Ozil was the second highest assist creator in La Liga last season, so is a proven world class talent. United have two world class strikers in Rooney and RVP and having a player such as Ozil in behind those two would have scared any defence in the world. Many fans would have been gutted to see the player that they thought would sign for them three years ago slip through their grasp yet again.
Another player that, at one point, appeared certain to be joining United. Another young, Spanish attacking midfielder, that instead chose the German giants Bayern Munich, although perhaps more likely, the lure of working with Pep Guardiola again. Many people were actually surprised that Barcelona let one of the brightest young stars leave, especially to a Champions League contender and there were numerous clubs queuing up to buy him, including United. Again, Alcantara would have added that creative flair that United lack, and offered more chances for United's strikers.
Yet another creative midfielder who chose not to go to United to add to the collection.
This rumour is one that has been around for a few years, even before he made the move to the Bernabeu. Modric has fallen by the wayside a bit at Madrid, falling behind Isco and Ozil (prior to his move to Arsenal) in the pecking order and it was reported that he claimed to be interested in joining the Manchester club. Some fans are still wondering why he did not end up at the club if he wanted to leave, with Madrid clearly willing to sell as they shipped Ozil out a few days later.
The last player on the list is the Everton left back Baines. The England defender has had a couple of good seasons for Everton and is now being considered as one of the best left backs in the world. While United do still have Evra currently in that position, the 32-year-old Frenchman is definitely coming to the end of his years and, while not a liability, is regularly caught out of position having failed to track back. At one point, there was suggestion of a swap deal involving Baines and Evra but it never materialized. This would probably have been a good deal for United as they are similar players, except one is five years younger and coming in to his peak years.
So overall from this brief summary, I hope you can see that United could dearly have done with a creative midfielder. While Rooney is doing a fantastic job in that position, they could do with a born creator who will always be in the hole looking for that killer pass. One player not mentioned is Herrera, who United could do with making a considerable bid for in the January window.
So are Manchester United capable of winning the league with their current crop of players, or will they seriously regret not signing one or more of the above players? Only time will tell.
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